Jan. 03.

Fitness options for the New Year

         New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions

So you decided to do it anyway!

Your New Years Resolution is to lose weight and get healthy in 2012

Well then you need a plan! One of the  keys to making resolutions stick is to have a plan.

In this post I will examine some options for fitness in the new year to help you plan for success.

What works for you may not work for someone else


“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”   Maya Angelou

“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.”

Here in Fenton we have  diverse set of fitness options. That’s a very good thing for  Fenton residents. We options to fit all budgets. When it comes to fitness it not just about budget, though. There are many factors involved in searching for fitness options. While some may be cheaper…..are they what you will enjoy? If you don’t enjoy it ,you won’t do it!

Here are some of the pro’s and cons of the different options available.

Workout Videos and other Home Workout Equipment

Pros: Workout videos are usually not too expensive. You can even rent fitness DVD’s from the library.

There are many, many choices on the market. You can get them locally at Target, Walmart,Kmart etc.

You can buy them online. If you are a big P90X fan you can even get P90X2  now  get P90X2 .

You can buy a fitness ball for$ 10- $25.

No travel to and from gym.

Some people just don’t like the crowds or maybe feel embarrassed because of there weight.

Cons: You need to be self motivated for videos, if you are not the videos may end up collecting dust. Therefore if you won’t really be self motivated, is it the best choice?

The trainer can’t see and correct you if you have improper form. This is one of the biggest problems with fitness videos.

Videos are the same each time….there is a big boredom factor

Personal Training

Pros: It’s one on one, so get all the attention.

You get a personalized program for YOU!

Those of you who would like to get started but are a little intimidated by actually going to the gym. This is a good option.

Cons: It costs more than videos. You can buy a video and use it as many times as you want.

Transformation Contests

Pros: There is a concrete deadline. That helps keep you on track.

There’s incentive to succeed. All those prizes help keep you motivated.

You are not alone in your fat loss journey.

There’s added accountability. Especially with my Shaped By Shawn 12/12 Challenge. I include a free membership to Fenton F.L.A.G. ( a private Facebook  Fat Loss Accountability Group). Check my 12/12 contest page to see what you can win.

You tap into your desire to compete. Sometimes that competitive spirit is a real motivator.

You can even find them on line to join. Body for Life is a big one. Craig Ballantyne (Trainer Men’s Health Magazine) runs Turbulence Training contests.

Cons: Sometimes people get in shape for the contest and after the contest just don’t keep it up once the “prize” isn’t the motivating factor any more.

Gym Memberships

Pros: If you are not self motivated it helps to be around other like minded people.

You get to use some expensive equipment that you couldn’t afford to go out and buy.

Some gyms include trainers at no extra charge.

Some offer a variety of group exercise classes.

Cons: You have to know what you are looking for in a gym. Weigh the cost, the number of miles from home,what it includes etc. If your gym is everything you want but 25 miles from home….Is it really everything you want? It has to be convenient.


Pros:  Dance off some calories while learning more about this ancient art form. A very fun way to work on muscles you didn’t realize you had. Bellydi Instructor and creator Azziza Salem is absolutely awesome. She is very sweet and talented. She will break things down for you if needed.Her number is (248) 840-4124

Cons: It isn’t for everyone. If you don’t like dance based workouts you won’t enjoy it.


Pros: A lot of people love it! Fun dance moves.If you like to dance it’s perfect for you.

You can find Zumba everywhere around Fenton ( Fenton United Methodist Church, schools,dance studios, and Community ed)

With so many different teachers you are bound to find one who’s style you love.

Cons: Some people are overwhelmed with learning the steps. Zumba instructors are not supposed to break down the moves and minimize talking (so it’s more like a party) Some people just need the breakdown of steps. Unless you attend a Zumba Toning class it won’t include weight training ( which is also essential to fat loss)

Boot Camps

Pros: Boot Camps are a great way to get up that competitive spirit.

Fellow campers encourage each other as well. They help hold each other accountable to the work outs.

Most Boot Camps focus on Cardio , Weight Training and Body Weight exercises. You get a well rounded workout all in one workout.

I offer 3 different skill levels in my Fenton Fat Loss  camp(FFL) and F.I.T. Camps(Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced options).

Boot Camps can be fun, too. Just because they are not dance based doesn’t mean they are boring. I play games and do partner drills in my FFL and F.I.T. Camps

Cons: Some Boot Camps are tougher than others. Some focus on just trying to tire you out and beat you down.

Boot Camps are not the cheapest fitness option some cost as much as $200 a  month for 3 times a week.Some people just need the accountability of Boot Camps though. If you won’t workout on your own it’s a waste of money to spend $20 on a DVD you won’t use.

 Stream Fit and other Internet Options

Pros: Convenient and ready when you are to workout.

affordable. You can find videos on Fitness Magazine, Oxygen Magazine and Shape’s websites (free).

Stream fit is around $20 a month and available on demand.They offer 3 workout levels and even very advanced options.You can even get a free 7 day trial with no credit card needed! Top of the line trainers.It even works on your smart phone. Convenient for travelers.It can come with you. No excuses because it’s 24/7       get Stream Fit

Cons: No actual trainer to check your form.

You have to be a self starter. If you are not self motivated this probably isn’t the best choice.


I have not had any personal experience with Jazzercise so I can’t tell you a whole lot about it. What I can say is that it is group exercise. Group exercise is best for people that need the accountability of classmates. I know they are running specials this time of year so it would be a great time to try it and see if you enjoy it. And I also know that they offer childcare.

With all these options… I know you can find something you enjoy!


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Dec. 27.

To Resolve Or Not To Resolve

New Years Resolutions: To Resolve or not to Resolve…

That is the Question?

The New Year is upon us and so many people are ready to make their New Year’s Resolutions.

Are they really worth it? Do they really work?In this post I will examine the most common resolutions, the rate of failure, and things to improve upon your chances of really making them stick.

Some Statistics

This according to Time Magazine  web article

 Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions

#1 Lose Weight and Get Fit

#2 Quit Smoking

#3 Learn Something New

#4 Eat a Healthier Diet

#5 Get Out of Debt and Save Money

#6 Spend More Time With Family

#7  Travel to New Places

#8 Be Less Stressed

#9 Volunteer

#10 Drink Less or Quit Drinking

Any surprises on the list?

I’m willing to bet most if not all of us have made at least one or more of these or a combination of them.





According to a survey conducted by Hunter Public Relations on behalf of MorningStar Farms of  1,000 Americans (ages 18 years and older) … among people who have made resolutions in the past, nine in 10 people have set health-related goals.  Such goals include losing weight (66 percent) ….eating less junk food (47 percent) and consuming fewer calories (36 percent).

However, when it comes to staying on-track and keeping those resolutions – health and otherwise – the majority of those surveyed (88 percent) indicate they have failed, with more than two-thirds of them calling it quits in three months or less.

Not exactly very promising results for resolutions!

Now this was just one survey, I am sure there are similar results with other surveys.


“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.”  ~Author Unknown

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”  ~Author Unknown



So Know that we know the odds…..

Lets look at why they don’t work and what we can do to greater increase our odds of making them STICK this time.

One of the reasons many people fail is they set too many resolutions. We have to focus on one or two at a time.

Or they expect too much too soon. Change does not happen overnight. If you have 100 pounds to lose it will realistically take some time to lose the excess weight. Don’t get discouraged that it isn’t instant. It will take lots of hard work and dedication.

Another reason people fail resolutions is they have no specific plan of action. They say I want to lose 100 pounds…… How are you going to do it?  Make a plan. Write it on paper. If it’s fitness and you have no clue how to go about this you can hire a trainer.

Another reason people fail is lack of support. Tell your friends, family, co workers anyone that will help hold you accountable. Better yet if you have a goal to lose weight get another friend to commit to getting fit with you. Then you can hold each other accountable.

Too many people fall into the “All or Nothing” mentality. This is such a mistake. We are all human. If you have a meal that isn’t on your plan or miss a workout because you had to work late, forget it and move on.

“Supposing you have tried and failed again and again.  You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.”  ~Mary Pickford

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.”  ~Elbert Hubbard

Perhaps the biggest thing to remember about resolutions is…..

A lot of people forget that a resolution is really just a GOAL. It has to be treated as such.

It doesn’t have additional superpowers just because it starts on January 1.

A goal requires structure. Otherwise, it’s a wish. Realistic goal setting has been proven to work!

Write it down and plan, plan, plan! Or if you need help making a plan ask for help or hire someone to help you make that plan.


My Shaped By Shawn 12/12 Transformation Challenge starts on January 9th. 12 weeks in 2012 to transform your life!

Check out the contest page. If you have any questions I will be happy to answer them.

Just give me a call @ (810) 265-5937


“We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”  ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

What are you going to WRITE in your book this year?








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